In year two at Illinois, head coach Tim Beckman and his staff have the Illini playing better football, particularly at home where they’re undefeated.
Florida RB Madre London takes his official visit to Illinois this weekend.
Saturday night Illinois will face it’s toughest challenge at Memorial Stadium yet as Wisconsin comes to town.
Also coming to town, many prospects near the top of the Illini’s recruiting board. A look at who is expected to attend.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas running back Madre London takes his official visit, the only official visitor of the weekend. He took previous officials to Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin and is expected to decide early next month.
Crete (Ill.) Monee defensive tackle Chris Slayton is a top in-state target for the Illini and he tells 247Sports Beckman and company are recruiting him the hardest. Michigan State and Syracuse round out his top three. A decision is expected late in the recruiting process.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain linebacker Tegray Scales is expected. He’s been to Indiana several times this fall so the Illini will look to make a move on the Hoosiers.
Top in-state juniors headed to Champaign already holding a scholarship includes quarterbacks Jack Beneventi and Jimmy Fitzgerald, running back/defensive back Dre Brown, receivers Flynn Nagel and Miles Boykin and tight end/jumbo athlete David Edwards.
In-state 2015 QB Jack Beneventi has an Illini offer and has visited a few times this fall.
Illinois has hit the state of Ohio hard. Top targets from the Buckeye State headed to campus include blue-chip running back/linebacker Jerome Baker, defensive tackle Kraig Howe, and linebackers Anthony McKee and Nick Conner.
Representing the Hoosier State is offered Top247 2015 linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. of Indianapolis Lawrence Central.
More underclassmen prospects attending that are on the radar for an offer includes Army junior defensive end commit Nicholas Czar, linebacker Matthew Draper, defensive tackle Daniel Jackson, offensive tackle Quinn Oseland, defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway, linebacker Jimmy Martin, defensive tackle Brennen Sawicki, sophomore quarterback Steven Frank, sophomore running back Kentrail Moran and sophomore outside linebacker Ethan Tucky and freshman receiver Jeff Thomas.
Heading into the weekend, the Illini have 14 commits in the class of 2014. For more on their class, click here.